Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor

Ph.D., Fisheries Economics

Program Manager/Research Associate

2014-2016 Senior Research Fellow (University of British Columbia)

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor is a resource economist specializing in applied fisheries management and ecosystem services. His research touches on optimal economic policies, co-management, transboundary fisheries, ecotourism, and small-scale and Indigenous fisheries, always with a view to achieving sustainable resource use in a changing world.


Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Pauly, D., Weatherdon, L. V., Ota, Y., 2016, A Global Estimate of Seafood Consumption by Coastal Indigenous Peoples, Fisheries, Governance, Policy, Indigenous issues, PLoS ONE, 11(12):e0166681, link

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Singh, G.G., Cheung, W.W.L., 2017, A fuzzy logic expert system for evaluating policy progress towards sustainability goals., Fisheries Management, Ambio, doi: 10.1007/s13280-017-0998-3, link

Singh, G. G., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Swartz, W., Cheung, W., Guy, J. A., Kenny, T. A., McOwen, C. J., Asch. R., Geffert, J. L., Wabnitz, C. C. C., Sumaila, U. R., Hanich, Q., Ota, Y., 2017, A rapid assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals, Marine Policy,, link

Miller, D. D., Ota, Y., Sumaila, U. R., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Cheung, W. W. L., 2017, Adaptation strategies to climate change in marine systems, Global Change Biology, 10.1111/gcb.13829, link

Cisneros-Montemayor A.M., West K., Boiro I.S., Vincent A.C.J., 2015, An assessment of West African seahorses, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Journal of Fish Biology, Volume 88, issue 2, pages 751-759, link

Sumaila, U.R., Tai, T.C., Lam, V.W., Cheung, W.W., Bailey, M., Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Chen, O.L. and Gulati, S.S. (2019). Benefits of the Paris Agreement to ocean life, economies, and peopleScience advances5(2), p.eaau3855 link

Bailey M., Favaro B., Otto S., Charles A., Devillers R., Metaxas A., Tyedmers P., Ban N., Mason T., Hoover C., Duck T., Fanning L., Milley C., Cisneros-Montemayor A., Pauly D., Cheung W., Cullis-Suzuki S., Teh L., U. Sumaila R., 2016, Canada at a crossroad: The imperative for realigning ocean policy with ocean science, Fisheries Management, Governance, Policy, Marine Policy, Volume 63, Pages 53–60, link

Kittinger, J. N., Teh, L. C. L., Allison, E. H., Bennett, N. J., Crowder, L. B., Finkbeiner, E. M., Hicks. C., Scarton, C. G., Nakamura, K., Ota, Y., Young, J., Alifano, A., Apel, A., Arbib, A. Bishop, L., Boyle, M., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Hunter, P., Le Cornu, E., Levine, M., Jones, R. S., Koehn, Z., Marschke, M., Mason, J. G., Micheli, F., McClenachan, L., Opal, C., Peacey, J., Peckham, S. H., Schemmel, E., Solis-Rivera, V., Swartz, W., Wilhelm, T. A., 2017, Committing to socially responsible seafood, Science, 356(6341), 912-913, link

Wabnitz, C. C. C, Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Hanich, Q., Ota, Y., 2017, Ecotourism, climate change and reef fish consumption in Palau: Benefits, trade-offs and adaptation strategiesMarine Policylink

Le Manach, F., Chavance, P., Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Lindop, A., Padilla, A., Schiller, L., Zeller, D., Pauly, D., 2016, Global Catches of Large Pelagic Fishes, with Emphasis on the High Seas, Fisheries, Fisheries Management, Transboundary Resources, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Giron-Nava, A., Johnson, A.F., Cisneros-Montemayor, and Aburto-Oropeza, O., 2018. Managing at Maximum Sustainable Yield does not ensure economic well-being for artisanal fishers. Fish and Fisheries, 2018; 00:1-10. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12332 link

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Johnson, A.F., Haas, A.R., Townsel, A., Navarro-Holm, E.E., Salorio-Zúniga, T., 2016, Mapping Ocean Wealth: Nature-based tourism values in the Gulf of California and Baja California Peninsula, Economics, The Nature Conservancy México, page 57

Cisneros-Montemayor A., Vincent A., 2016, Science, society, and flagship species: social and political history as keys to conservation outcomes in the Gulf of California, Governance, Marine Management, Ecology and Society, Volume 21, No. 2, link

De La Cruz-González, F.J., Patiño-Valencia, J.L., Luna-Raya, M.C., Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., 2018, Self-empowerment and successful co-management in an artisanal fishing community: Santa Cruz de Miramar, MexicoOcean and Coastal Management, 154, 96-102, link

Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Sanjurjo, E., Munro, G., Hernández-Trejo, V., Sumaila, U.R., 2016, Strategies and rationale for fishery subsidy reform, Fisheries Management, Governance, Marine Management, Marine Policy, Volume 69, Pages 229–236, link

Sumaila, U. R., Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Dyck, A. J., Khan, A. S., Lam, V. W. Y., Swartz, W., Teh, L. C. L., 2016, The Economics of Global Marine Fisheries, Fisheries, Economics, in Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Harper, S., Tai, T. C., 2018, The market and shadow value of informal fish catch: a framework and application to PanamaA United Nations Sustainable Development Journallink

Cisneros-Montemayor A., Cheung W., Bodtker K., Teh L., Steiner N., Bailey M., Hoover C., Sumaila R., 2016, Towards an integrated database on Canadian ocean resources: benefits, current states, and research gaps, Oceanography, Fisheries, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Scienceslink

Singh, GG, Hilmi, N, Bernhardt, J, et al. Climate impacts on the ocean are making the Sustainable Development Goals a moving target travelling away from us. People Nat. 2019; 00: 1– 14. link

Petatán-Ramírez, D., Ojeda-Ruiz, Miguel.Á., Sánchez-Velasco, L., Rivas, D.,Reyes-Bonilla, Hé., Cruz-Piñón, G., Morzaria-Luna, H.N., Cisneros-Montemayor, André.M., Cheung,W., Salvadeo, C., Potential changes in the distribution of suitable habitat for Pacific sardine (Sardinopssagax) under climate change scenarios, Deep-Sea Research Part II (2019), doi: link

Suzanne von der Porten, Yoshi Ota, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor & Sherry Pictou (2019) The Role of Indigenous Resurgence in Marine Conservation, Coastal Management, DOI: 10.1080/08920753.2019.1669099

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M. & Sumaila U.R. (2019). Busting myths that hinder an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies. Marine Policy, 109: 103699. link

Coulter, A., Cashion, T., Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Popov, S., Tsui, G., Le Manach, F., Schiller, L., Palomares, M.L.D., Zeller, D., and Pauly, D., (2020). Using harmonized historical catch data to infer the expansion of global tuna fisheries. Fisheries Research, 221, 105379 link

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Moreno-Báez, M., Voyer, M., Allison, E.H., Cheung, W.W.L., Hessing-Lewis, M., Oyinlola, M.A., Singh, G.G., Swartz, W. and Ota, Y. (2019). Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications. Marine Policy, 109: 103702.

Nereus Program Manager and Research Associate Andrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor (University of British Columbia) recently co-authored an article titled ‘Managing at Maximum Sustainable Yield does not ensure economic well-being for artisanal fishers’. In the article the authors discuss potential reasons for why it may be difficult for artisanal fishers to escape poverty, even with improved fisheries management and practices.

November 6, 2018 | FisheriesEconomics

Gerald Singh is a Nereus Fellow working with Yoshitaka Ota and Andres Cisneros-Montemayor and collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme. Gerald is characterizing the contribution of a sustainable ocean to achieving broad sustainable development goals.

September 14, 2016 | Social Responsibility

Nereus Fellow Andres Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC) attended the OceanCanada Partnership Meeting, in Vancouver, BC, Canada, from May 24 to 27.

June 8, 2016 | Oceanography

Press Release: Nereus Program members Rashid Sumaila, Vicky Lam, William Cheung, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Oai Li Chen, and co-authors published a study in Science Advances today, ‘Climate Target Could Net Additional Billions in Fisheries Revenue’. You can read the press release from UBC and access the article here.

February 27, 2019 | Climate ChangeFisheries

Nereus Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (University of British Columbia) will give a webinar to a group of young researchers and professionals in Central America on the Blue Economy. This is part of the Leadership Program in the Mesoamerican Reef System, hosted by the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza.

January 28, 2019 | EcologyEconomics

By Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Nereus Program Manager and Research Associate

From shore you can see the windmills that provide electricity to the whole town, just behind the desalination plant that supplies freshwater to most of the region. The adjacent bay is where the fishing boats—fishing sustainably, of course—come to unload at the seafood processing centers that take in both wild captured fish and the products from integrated mariculture, where multiple species are grown, simulating an ecosystem. This is the vision for the Blue Economy fostered by the World Bank, the UN, and some of the largest global financial and conservation foundations.

November 6, 2017

Nereus’s Vicky Lam, William Cheung, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor and Oai Li Chen from University of British Columbia (UBC) are all co-authors on an article with Rashid Sumaila recently published in Science Advances, entitled ‘Benefits of the Paris Agreement to ocean life, economies, and people’. The authors investigated how implementing the Paris Agreement could protect top-revenue generating catch globally, impacting fishers’ revenues, seafood workers’ income and household seafood expenditure.

“Towards an integrated database on Canadian ocean resources: benefits, current states, and research gaps” was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, authored by Nereus Fellow Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC), Director of Science William Cheung, and OceanCanada Director Rashid Sumaila (Nereus Honorary Research Associate).

July 8, 2016 | Fisheries

Past Event

10 December 2018 - 11 December 2018

Yoshitaka Ota and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor will be hosting a workshop in Seattle, WA focusing on the 'Blue Economy'.
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11 April 2017 - 11 April 2017

Nereus Program Manager Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor will be speaking on a panel dicussion hosted by OceanCanada at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre April 11, 2017.
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15 September 2017 - 15 September 2017

On Friday September 15, Nereus Program Manager & Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor will be hosting a seminar on the Blue Economy at UBC Vancouver.
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18 October 2017 - 20 October 2017

From October 18 - 20, Nereus Progrm Manager & Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC) will be attending the Mexican Chapter Meeting, co-hosted between the Mexican Fisheries Society and the American Fisheries Society in La Paz, Mexico.
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21 March 2017 - 24 March 2017

Nereus Program Manager and Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC) will be presenting at the North American Association of Fisheries Economists Forum in La Paz, Mexico, on March 21-24 2017.
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26 November 2018 - 28 November 2018

Nereus PI Chris McOwen and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor will be attending the high-level 'Sustainable Blue Economy Conference' in Nairobi, Kenya on November 26-28th, 2018.
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29 November 2017 - 1 December 2017

Nereus Program Manager and Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor will be attending the World Ocean Council's Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017 from November 29 to December 1 in Halifax, Canada.
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25 February 2019 - 26 February 2019

Nereus Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (University of British Columbia - UBC) and Director (Science) William Cheung (UBC) will be attending the event 'Towards an inclusive blue economy', hosted by IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) on February 25-26th in London, England.
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12 January 2017 - 13 January 2017

Program Director and Research Associate Andres Cisneros-Montemayor will be attending the VII Encuentro de Alternativas de Manejo Pesquero January 12-13 in Mérida, México. Discussions will focus on small-scale fisheries and individual transferrable quotas (ITQs).
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10 April 2019 - 11 April 2019

Nereus Research Associate Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (University of British Columbia) will be participating in an information and discussion session with different regional policy-makers and experts concerning the World Trade Organization (WTO) fisheries subsidies negotiations, as part of a workshop hosted by International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Indigenous Peoples and local communities, Traditional Knowledge, and Cultural Connections to the high seas

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor Preparatory Committee Meeting III on Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) United Nations, New York, USA April 4, 2017

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC) and director (science) William Cheung (UBC) are co-authors on a recent publication that models how changing environmental conditions and climate may influence future Pacific sardine distribution in Northwest Mexico, and what it may mean for marine ecosystems and regional fishers.

Research associate Suzanne von der Porten, Yoshi Ota, and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor are co-authors on a new paper published online in the journal Coastal Management – ‘The Role of Indigenous Resurgence in Marine Conservation’.

April 25, 2017 | Indigenous

Several Nereus Program participants are co-authors on a new paper just published in Nature Sustainability – “Towards a sustainable and equitable blue economy”. The authors recommend five priority areas to address to ensure a safe and just future global ocean economy.

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC) and U. Rashid Sumaila (UBC) are co-authors on a new paper in Marine Policy – “Busting myths that hinder an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies”. You can read an overview of the paper here, as well as access the original.

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC) is a co-author on a new study published in the journal Fisheries Research – “Using harmonized historical catch data to infer the expansion of global tuna fisheries”.

April 25, 2017 | FisheriesEcology

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor is lead author with co-authors William Cheung, Muhammed Oyinlola, Gerald Singh, Wilf Swartz and Yoshitaka Ota on a new paper in Marine Policy – “Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications”.